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The Everest has become Australia’s premier race

The Everest has become Australia’s best horse race and has shown Australian racing why it needs to get with the times.

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Saturday preview: Racing to put a bad week behind it

After the racing industry copped a harsh blow from Four Corners on Monday night, punters can look forward to Saturday for another terrific day of action.

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Craig Williams reminds us why he’s one of the best

Punters have a love/hate relationship with Craig Williams, but if you followed him on Saturday you’d walk him down the aisle.

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Saturday preview: Nature Strip to book a slot in The Everest

All roads lead to Flemington on Saturday for what is regarded as “finals day”, but the one race all eyes will be on won’t be a betting prospect.

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As Oscietra retires, will Makybe Diva or Black Caviar produce high-quality offspring?

The intricacies of the breeding world are playing out this week, as our famous mares and their fairly unspectacular breeding careers continue.

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Previewing the weekend of racing: Your best bets for May 25-26

The best of the racing is in Brisbane at Doomben this week, and that’s where we’re heading for a number of our best bets.

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Scone Cup 2018: Form, tips and preview

The 2018 Scone Cup takes place on the traditional Friday of the two-day carnival, with $200,000 up for grabs in the race that stops the country town.

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Previewing the weekend of racing: Your best bets for May 12

Group 1 racing in dual states always makes for a great Saturday, and that’s what we have this weekend with the Doomben 10,000 the feature up in Brisbane, and the South Australian Derby highlighting the card in Adelaide.

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Previewing the weekend of racing: Your best bets for May 3-4

The top class racing action is on the move around Australia, away from the spotlight of Melbourne and Sydney and into Adelaide and Queensland.

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Watching Winx yesterday was like watching Don Bradman bat

When Winx settled in at the tail of the field at Randwick yesterday in the most meaningful race of her stellar career, she reminded me how Don Bradman started his innings in a similar situation 71 years ago at the SCG.

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The Championships Day 1: Group 1 previews and tips

The Championships at Royal Randwick is the centrepiece of the Sydney autumn carnival, and day one brings with it four big Group 1 races.

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Tancred Stakes and Vinery Stud Stakes: Group 1 previews and tips

The Championships at Randwick are only a week away, so Rosehill this Saturday is something of a calm before the storm, but there are still two Group 1s on offer in the thick of the Sydney autumn.

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Golden Slipper day at Rosehill: Group 1 previews and tips

Golden Slipper day at Rosehill is one of the greatest race days in the country, and there is every argument to suggest it should be ranked number one.

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Group 2 Adelaide Cup runner-by-runner preview and tips

The Group 2 Adelaide Cup (3200m) gives us one of those rare Group races on a weekday, and Monday at Morphettville will see 15 stayers in the mix for the $400,000 handicap over two miles.

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Randwick Guineas and Canterbury Stakes: Group 1 previews and tips

There’s a feast of quality racing this Saturday. Yesterday we looked at Super Saturday at Flemington, where the Australian Cup and Newmarket Handicap will be run, but Randwick also deserves attention with a couple of Group 1s of their own.

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Flemington Super Saturday: Group 1 tips and previews

It’s Super Saturday at Flemington, where the two biggest races of the Melbourne autumn carnival take place.

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Jockey Hugh Bowman riding Minx.

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Melbourne cup racing generic

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Winx

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She Will Reign passes the post for a win.

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Hartnell is flying and is a huge chance in the Cox Plate

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Chautauqua

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Melbourne Cup 2014 winner Protectionist followed by Red Cadeaux with Who Shot Thebarman in third

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Harness racing in South Australia

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Jockey Kerrin McEvoy (right) with owner Llyod Williams after their win with Almandin in the Melbourne Cup on Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Tuesday. Nov. 1, 2016.

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The Roar of the crowd

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Behind the barriers: Five bets for Monday July 16

Three meetings set down for Monday, with my main focus being at Cessnock where seven races have been set down. Here are my five plays for the afternoon.

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Behind the barriers: Five bets for Sunday July 15

Some good racing across the program on Sunday, with the main meeting being at Grafton as their Carnival concludes. Here are my five plays for the afternoon.

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Behind the barriers: Five bets for Caulfield and Morphettville

There are some above-average sprinters stepping out in the Sir John Monash (1100 metres) at Caulfield on Saturday, while at Morphettville it is Grand National Day. Here are my five plays across the two meetings.

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Behind the barriers: Five bets for Rosehill and the Sunshine Coast

The Winter Stakes 1400 metres highlights racing at Rosehill this Saturday, while the two-mile Queens Cup is the feature on the Sunshine Coast. Here are my five plays across the two meetings.

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Behind The Barriers – Five Bets for Friday July 13

Five meetings across Australia on Friday, with each program looking tough to sort out with confidence. In saying that, here are my five plays for the afternoon.

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Behind the barriers: Five bets for Thursday July 12

Some really good racing right across Australia on Thursday, with the Grafton Cup being the feature. Here are my five plays for the afternoon.

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Behind the Barriers: Five Bets for Wednesday July 11

There’s some really good racing right across Australia on Wednesday, with good meetings set down. Here are my five plays for the afternoon.

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Behind the barriers: Five bets For Tuesday, 10 July

There are four race meetings set down on Tuesday, with Newcastle looking quite strong on paper. Here are my five plays for the afternoon.

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Behind the Barriers: Five bets for Monday, July 9

There are three race meetings set down on Monday, with my main focus being at Tamworth where there are a couple of good things. Here are my five plays for the afternoon.

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Behind the barriers: Five bets for Sunday, 8 July

There’s quality racing right across the board on Sunday, with the main focus being at Grafton and Warrnambool for some feature racing. Here are my five plays for the afternoon.

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Behind the barriers: Five bets For Friday 6, July

The Rockhampton Cup Carnival heats right up on Friday with Newmarket Day, but I think there are a couple of key chances back in New South Wales at Goulburn. Here are my suggested bets across the afternoon.

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Behind the Barriers: Five Bets For Thursday, 5 July

Some really nice types are stepping out across Australia on Thursday, including a couple of lightly raced gallopers. Here are my suggested bets across the afternoon.

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Behind the barriers: Five bets for Wednesday, 4 July

There’s some good racing across Australia on Wednesday, with some nice races set down for Canterbury being the highlight. Here are my suggested bets across the afternoon.

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Behind the barriers: Five bets for Tuesday, 3 July

There are two meetings in New South Wals on Tuesday, with programs set down for Corowa and Gosford. Here are my suggested bets across the two programs.

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Jamaican Rain could be a Group 1 contender

By Matt Nicholls, 2 Jul 2018
Jamaican Rain could be a Group 1 contender

Watch out for Jamaican Rain if Melbourne or Sydney has a wet spring carnival.

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Behind the barriers: Five bets for Monday, 2 July

There are two programs in Australia for Monday, with eight races at Gunnedah, while a bumper ten-race program has been set down for Wangaratta. Here are my suggested bets across the two programs.

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Horse Racing

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Horses racing at Caulfield racecourse

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Exosphere horse racing

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Who Shot Thebarman

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Darren Weir with the 2015 Melbourne Cup (AAP/Julian Smith)

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